The Fool's Errand
- Publication date
- Curly's World of Freeware
"What a marvelous afternoon!" he exclaimed to no one in particular, pausing to appreciate the lovely countryside.
Soon the trees parted and the path led to a small clearing, ending abruptly at the edge of a treacherous cliff. But the Fool was undaunted and kept at his swift pace, steadily approaching the sheer drop.
"Your folly is most curious," a voice boomed. "Have you no fear of death?"
Just as one leg dangled over the side of the cliff, the Fool hesitated.
"Who dares to interrupt my errand?" he demanded impatiently.
"I dare," the bright yellow sun replied.
"Well then," the Fool considered, "I seek the fourteen treasures of the world and I am told that a man who strays from his path is lost."
"That may well be true," spoke the sun, "but I fear that you are already lost. Take this map as my gift. It will aid you in your quest."
And in a flash of light, an aged parchment appeared at his feet.
"At last! A path to follow!" cried the Fool, happily taking the map.
"Perhaps," the sun murmured, "yet things are never as simple as they may seem."
But the Fool had already run back down the hill and did not hear the sun's parting words.
The Fool's Errand is a mix of adventure game and puzzler. You start with incomplete map with only several pieces which give you access to certain areas (called chapters, because your adventure is inscribed on a scroll). Each area contains puzzle (called enchantment) which after solving gives you access to one or more other areas (and map pieces) and reveals hints which together with complete map will help you to solve final puzzle: The Book Of Thoth. Puzzles include crosswords, labyrinths, jigsaws and many more.
Game won several awards in 1988 and 1989. Cliff Johnson announced the sequel called The Fool and his Money to be released soon:
Curly's World of Freeware has donated a copy of this software and related data to the Classic PC Games catalog. Please visit their website for more information and discussion on this game.
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